Heating, ventilating and air- conditioning systems are often invisible to the occupant. Hidden behind walls and snaking through ceilings, HVAC is noticed only when it breaks down.
McQuay International, a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. based in Plymouth, Minn., and a longtime HVAC systems manufacturer, has decided to bring them into plain view with the Daikin-McQuay Solutions Plaza in Jersey City, N.J. The 21st floor of a commercial tower on the Hudson River waterfront has been converted into a combination showroom/demonstration area for McQuay’s HVAC products. Variable-flow chillers and vertical-stack heat pumps are scattered throughout the showroom floor alongside touch-screen display kiosks.